Back with matters on the pitch!

Having been swept along by the Brian Clough statue unveiling like much of Nottingham, it’s about time we contemplated a return to matters on the pitch.  A turnaround in fortunes is implied in Forest’s last two games – 4 points away from the City Ground, and some decisive refereeing decisions that went in our favour; albeit some earlier ones which went against (conveniently glossed over in the media, I might add!).

The current Forest squad should be feeling suitably inspired, having attended the statue unveiling.  They had the chance to rub shoulders with past greats of the club, and of course see first hand the tremendous good will the people of Nottingham still have for the former players from throughout Clough’s time at the club.  They also saw that day how much this football club of ours means to us, and hopefully understand the pain our recent history has driven into our hearts.

Our West Midlands visitors at the weekend come with a solid reputation and a decent league placing – but not on a great run of form – after starting their league campaign with three straight wins, they looked good to stake their claim as one of the early season favourites.  However, just as Forest’s last two results represent improvements in fortunes, Birmingham have succumbed to two 1-0 defeats – firstly away at Queens Park Rangers, and more recently at home to Coventry.

After Lewis McGugan’s ridiculous red card against the Sheep-botherers, it’s hoped that Chris Cohen will be able to overcome the ankle injury that kept him out against Derby to take his place.  Fletcher has a back injury which makes him a doubt too, which might see Perch moved into midfield and Chambers returning to the first eleven at right back.  Forgotten man Lee Martin is also apparently injured, whilst Guy Moussi and Julian Bennett are on the long term crocked list.

Our visitors have a few injury problems too, O’Connor, Kelly, Murphy, Parnaby, McSheffrey and Johnson are all doubts for the clash.  We go into this game second from bottom, they go in second from top – so expecting anything other than a challenging game would be foolish – but obviously we all have our fingers crossed that our revival can continue – although we desperately need to score a goal for ourselves, preferably from open play!

Also a reminder to enter the competition to win tickets for the evening with Nigel Jemson and Mark Crossley at The Approach.  It should be a great night!

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10 Responses

  1. I think Forest have finally shown that they can compete in this league, hopefully that continues tomorrow.
    It would be great if Morgan could put in another solid performance. Any mistakes could prove costly.

  2. I think Forest are finally showing that they can compete in this league. Hopefully this continues tomorrow.
    Also it would be great if Morgan could put in another solid performance. A mistake could be costly.

  3. I think Forest are finally showing that they can compete in this league. Hopefully it will continue tomorrow
    Also it would be great if Morgan could put in another solid performance. A mistake could prove costly.

  4. sorry for commenting three times.. it wasn’t showing that i was commenting for some reason.. sorry again

  5. After having the ref that gave the goal that never was, the lino who gave it will be making his first appearance since he did it this weekend in our game

  6. We have to step up a level and not keep performing “as we are” to get out of the relegation zone. Good test tomorrow as they should be on a bounce back. Too many suporters still think that we just have to turn up as the great Nottingham Forest to win a match. We should have put Derby away … we didn’t …. time for action not talk.

  7. I´m optomistic about tomorrow and the rest of the month.Let´s keep it going. Just getting out of the bottom 3 will give us and the players a lift !

  8. As the calamity linesman returns for the match after giving a goal that wasn´t,I expect our supporters will be directing a …..All we are saying ..is give us a goal !!in his direction.
    I´m sure our lads will do a good job tomorrow anyway.
    As CC says Our season starts tomorrow…

  9. I was surprised that our captain Brecks was not playing and lack of concentration cost us a goal again,but with Cohen flying we got a good point and could have had three. I´m relieved and i think all the cheers for the team at the end gives us hope. Well played !!

  10. What I always suspected is revealed in the Times newspaper. Here’s a paragraph,

    “It’s not the ideal ending,” Cole said of his exit from Forest, his contract having been cancelled by mutual consent after he failed to score in 11 appearances. “It just wasn’t working out. I told them from the outset that I didn’t want to go there to sit on the bench because I didn’t want to be perceived as sitting back and making easy money. I wanted to go there and offer something, but it was a strange one from the start. I never knew what my role was. Was it to lend a hand, use my experience, or was it a PR thing, to sell a few more season tickets? I still don’t know. I felt like the manager wouldn’t have a conversation with me. I don’t know if it’s the right word, but he seemed kind of intimidated by me.”

    Is this why Lennon left too? It get worse as you read on, only showing that CC has the right words to bring a player to the club but that’s where it seem to end….

    The link http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/article5127120.ece

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